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Contact Ballard High School at 206-252-1000

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Musical Nominations
Congratulations to the BHS Musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE for the following 5th AVENUE NOMINATIONS:

Aisha Carpenter – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

The Stenog Girls – Best Ensemble in a Musical

Eia Waltzer – Best Choreography in a Musical

Amanda Balter – Outstanding Student Achievement

Educational Impact Award

 HONORABLE MENTION for Outstanding Chorus and Outstanding Scenic Design.

The 5th Avenue 2015 Awards honors outstanding achievement in High School Musical Theater and celebrates the hard work and dedication students and educators put forth to make their school productions a success. This program was created to shine the spotlight on Musical Theater similarly to the way sports are regularly celebrated in schools. 

Wish Ballard's nominees luck at the awards ceremony on June 8.

A Night To Remember!
 Friday, May 15th was a night that will not be soon forgotten in the Athletic annals of Ballard High School.  At the Southwest Athletic Complex, the Softball team faced West Seattle High School in the 2015 Metro Championship Game.  The ladies jumped out to an early lead on Savannah's RBI bunt single and Sage dominated on the mound with 12 strikeouts to lead the team to a 3-1 victory.  Softball's first Metro Championship since 2002.
Softball plays their first District tournament game Tuesday at Rainier Beach at 7:00 with the winner qualifying for State.
 Then the Boys Soccer Team faced our cross town rival, the Roosevelt Roughriders, in the Soccer Metro Championshiop.  A huge crowd turned out to see goals by Raul, Andy and Aaron and a lights out defensive effort result in a convincing 3-1 victory.  The Boys first game in the State Tournament is Tuesday, May 19th at 5:30 at Interbay Stadium.
What a great day to be a Beaver!!

You and I can make a world of difference!

Let’s Keep The Momentum Going!

The purpose of this letter is to ask you to please consider supporting this year’s Direct Appeal program if you have not already. If you have, thank you! Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

 This past fall the PTSA held a Direct Appeal campaign, Keep the Momentum, with the hope and intention of raising $30,000 that goes directly towards supporting BHS teachers and staff with their twice a year grant requests. For the past several years, we have successfully raised $30,000 and even exceeded our goal in some years.

 To date, we are $24,000 short of our goal. Therefore, there will be no spring grants awarded this year. In fact, if you and I do not make up for the shortfall, the PTSA may not be able to award winter grants next school year. 

A few examples of grants from the last few years include:

- Purchased telescopes, microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, hot plates, electric scales, vacuum pumps, dissecting scopes, skeletons, fish tanks, complete an electric car (to list a few items) for the science program

- SMART interactive boards to assist Algebra and Calculus classes
- Granted funds for microphones for various vocal groups
- Purchased composition books for a new college-level language arts class

Ballard High School is a dynamic learning institution with a solid core of programs offering many unique opportunities to our students.  If you and I want
BHS to continue to offer our students a complete education to prepare them for their future, we need to step up and help our staff and teachers. The direct appeal program is simple and straightforward. The PTSA will use the money received to fund grants submitted by BHS teachers and staff.
Community based instruction and access to recreational sites for special education students as mandated by the curriculum

Corporate matching gifts are an easy way to magnify the impact of your contribution. If your employer has a matching gift policy, please fill out and send your employer’s matching form to our PTSA treasurer. After we verify your gift, your employer will issue a matching gift to the Ballard High School PTSA in your name.

Please consider giving your family and friends an opportunity to make a donation to BHS. You can donate by clicking this link  and enjoy the convenience of giving online. For questions, contact Pam Dundas, PTSA Membership/BLT Rep, at or Carolyn Stalter, PTSA Treasurer, at

On behalf of the BHS staff and the PTSA, we THANK YOU!

Updated End of the Year Schedule
Due to the planned protest over the Legislature's failure to fully fund education, the last day of school and end of the year Finals Schedule have been altered.  Please pay careful attention to the following:

- Last day for Seniors is now Tuesday, June 9th
- Seniors finals will be periods 1,3 & 5 on June 8th and periods 2,4 & 6 on June 9th
- Please note in an unrelated change, Friday June 12th Graduation Ceremony has changed to a 8:00pm start

9th through 11th Graders:
- Last day of school is now Tuesday, June 16th
- June 16th will have a 1 Hour Early Dismissal
- Finals will have periods 2 & 5 on June 12, 3 & 6 on June 15 and 1 & 4 on June 16

The complete schedule can be found here.

We know this will be an inconvience to some families.  Students are encouraged to speak with their teachers early to resolve any  potential issues.

Students from Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program won two prizes at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).

Lyric Gonzalez, Bergen Johnson, Leo Pfeifer, Stephanie Shao, and Meagen Tajalle took 1st Prize in the 48-Hour Film Off.  This filmmaking competition gave teams of students from various high school production programs 48 hours to produce a short film that included a given line of dialogue (“It’s a state of mind.”), character (a pirate), and theme (see summer).  The Ballard team created a mockumentary about an inept movie pirate.  Their prize was a $1,500 donation to our Digital Filmmaking Program.  BHS is now the only school ever to win the competition twice.  (They received 2nd Prize last year, and won the competition last time in 2010.)

 Ballard filmmakers Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer also won the Audience Award from NFFTY’s “Come as You Are” program of shorts films.  Their winning short was Clipped Wings, a documentary about the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.  To see Clipped Wings and other productions from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program, visit .

The winner of the 48-Hour Film Off will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.  For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit or contact Matt Lawrence at .

Ballard Film Students will Best Drama at CineYouth 

Leo Pfeifer and Coleman Andersen won Best Drama in the junior division at the CineYouth Awards last Saturday night, May 9, at Columbia College Chicago.  They won the prize for their short film Stolen

CineYouth is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival.  This annual film showcase celebrates shorts by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world.  As winner of the prize for Best Drama, Stolen will screen in the CineYouth “Best of the Fest” at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival next October.

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